6 years for man who shot at Chicago cops while on bail for a gun case

Jacques Walker | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — A man was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to shooting at two Chicago police officers who pulled up behind his car at a red light two years ago.

Jacques Walker, 22, was on bail for a gun possession charge at the time of the incident. He received a concurrent one-year sentence for that.

Walker was the front passenger of a vehicle stopped at a red light at 79th Street and Vincennes Avenue when the unmarked police unit pulled up behind them, prosecutors said.

When the light turned green, a man with long dreadlocks wearing a ski mask leaned out of the car’s window and fired a shot at the officers. Neither the cops nor their vehicle were struck during the incident, which was recorded on a nearby CPD surveillance camera.

CPD units pursued the vehicle and arrested Walker, who had long dreadlocks and a ski mask when they took him into custody. Both of the officers identified Walker as the gunman who shot at them, prosecutors said.

Walker was on bail for a gun case that started when police allegedly found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun and 13 suspected ecstasy pills in his pocket during a field interview in July 2021.

Yesterday, Walker resolved those cases by pleading guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm toward an occupied vehicle and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon before Judge Arthur Willis. He also pleaded guilty to battering a sheriff’s office employee while he was in jail. For that, Willis handed him a three-year sentence to be served consecutively.

Prosecutors dropped several felony charges in Walker’s plea deal, including multiple counts of attempted murder.

He was the 58th person accused of shooting, killing, or trying to shoot or kill someone in Chicago while awaiting trial for a felony in 2021.

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